The Peachy Printer

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The last couple of years have seen the price of 3D printers fall rapidly, but to a lot of people it still seems like an expensive item. After all when a basic laser printer costs less than £40 even £250 for an entry-level 3D model looks like a lot. Prices keep falling though, and a 3D printer that costs $100 (about £70) should be hitting the US market soon. Thanks to the mysterious way American [Read More]

3D Scanners

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3D scanners haven’t had as much publicity as 3D printers yet, but they probably won’t be too far behind. It’s a logical development. After all 2D scanners really started to take off when most people had a printer at home. They’re a natural combination, letting you reproduce or modify an image easily. Their 3D equivalents can work together in exactly the same way. What’s made affordable 3D scanners possible is a combination of technologies that used [Read More]

Can you 3D print a parrot?

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Although 3D printing hasn’t been around for all that long it’s already being used for some pretty surprising things. From replica cars to blow up in a Bond film, to parts for prosthetic hands, the technology has provided innovative new answers to tricky questions. And there aren’t many questions trickier than what to do with a beakless parrot. Macaws are long-tailed parrots with distinctive large beaks. They’re popular as pets but now endangered in the [Read More]

ThingMaker – Mattel’s new family 3D printer

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If you think 3D printing is just for engineers and hobbyists, you’re wrong. Toy company Mattel have just announced that they’re relaunching an old favourite with additive manufacturing technology, and the new version is due to hit the shops in the next few months. Mattel introduced ThingMaker in 1964. It was basically a home moulding kit; each set came with a selection of metal moulds, mostly for revolting-looking insects. Children could fill the moulds with [Read More]

Inside 3D Printing 2016

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3D printing has now grown big enough to have its own trade shows, and the next one will be held in Düsseldorf later this month. Running at the Congress Center Düsseldorf Ost from 24-25 February, Inside 3D Printing 2016 will be one of the largest exhibitions yet. So far nearly 40,000 visitors have registered and there’s a busy programme of presentations and workshops lined up, as well as displays of all the latest developments in [Read More]

Polaroid unveil the new ModelSmart 250S

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Polaroid is a familiar name, best known for their iconic instant cameras. In the days before digital photography a Polaroid was the closest you could get to instant images, and while it was an expensive way to take photos they built up a bit of a cult following. What’s not so well known is that Polaroid were also a pioneer of digital cameras, and although they were too far out in front there – and [Read More]

The hardcore option – building your own 3D printer

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We’ve looked at buying a 3D printer off the shelf, and then at putting one together from a kit. These are both great options, and for many people they’re going to be the most practical solution. That’s not true for everyone though. A lot of it depends on what you want your printer for. If you need to be able to print objects for work or a hobby, a ready-built one is probably the way [Read More]

Printer overview – the LulzBot Mini

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A couple of weeks ago we looked at buying an off the shelf 3D printer. This is the quickest and easiest way to get started, and it has some other advantages too. One is that you can get some really capable machinery that would be possible to put together yourself, but definitely not easy. A perfect example is the LulzBot Mini desktop printer. The LulzBot Mini is a mid-range printer, priced at about $1,250 in [Read More]

Building a 3D printer kit

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We’ve looked at buying a ready to go 3D printer, and the advantages it offers – especially if you just want to get printing as quickly as possible. This convenience does come at a price premium though, so for those who don’t really see themselves as hobbyists and want a commercial printer, but prefer to save on the cost, there’s also the option of building one from a kit. Going with a kit has several [Read More]

Recycled 3D printing materials

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3D printing is a massive leap ahead in rapid prototyping as well as a huge asset for all sorts of hobbies. In fact 3D printers have so many uses it’s hard to even think of them all – the versatility of a device that can create such a wide range of objects is immense. One lesser known fact about them, however, is that they can even be good for the environment. Most of the popular [Read More]

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